Newcomers of Catawba Valley to Host Speaker on Black Beard the Pirate on October 10

HICKORY, NC (September 28, 2018) — The last days of Black Beard the pirate will be recounted by storyteller and historian Kevin Duffus on Oct. 10 for Newcomers of Catawba Valley.  The meeting will be held in Asheville at the Governor’s Western Residence.

The notorious Black Beard was killed 300 years ago off Ocracoke.  The talk by Duffus, a documentary film maker, is made possible through funding from the N.C. Humanities Council. The council is a nonprofit foundation and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The free event is open to the public, but space is limited, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Newcomers program manager Dianne Straley,

Carpooling will be a must due to limited parking at the mountaintop home.

Coffee and pastries will be served at 10 a.m. on the home’s patio, followed by Duffus’ talk at 10:30 a.m. in the pavilion.

Newcomers of Catawba Valley is primarily a social organization that enables new and long-time residents of the region to meet, make friends and participate in a variety of activities, including support of area charities and service programs.  The club is made up of men and women and does not limit how long a member may belong.  General meetings are usually held at the Hickory Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.  For more information, visit

Press Release courtesy of Denise Bukovan